California man sentenced to four years in jail for criminal copyright infringement

December 15th, 2010 - 2:49 am ICT by BNO News  

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — A 55-year-old California man was sentenced to four years in prison for running a company that engaged in selling copies of software and entertainment over the course of several years, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Julius Chow Lieh Liu of El Cerrito, a city in Contra Costa County, had been convicted by a federal grand jury in June for criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels. During the trial, evidence showed that Liu had engaged through his company, SuperDVD, in the large scale infringement of thousands of copies of Symantec software, music CD’s and movie DVD’s over the course of several years.

Liu was initially indicted on November 29, 2006 and was charged with replicating and/or selling thousands of counterfeit copies of Norton Anti-Virus, music CD’s which included the Beatles and DVD’s of ‘Crouching Tiger’ and ‘Hidden Dragon.’

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge James Ware following a jury trial on three counts in violation of criminal copyright infringement and one count of trafficking in counterfeit labels. Besides the 48 month jail sentence, judge Ware also sentenced Liu to a three-year period of supervised release.

Liu currently remains free on a $500,000 surety bond and is scheduled to start serving his sentence on February 14, 2011.

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